The Defense Department is creating a new investigative body to track and analyze “unidentified aerial phenomena” as concerns grow about the national security risks posed by UFOs.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in a memo released Tuesday, announced the creation of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, “to assess and, where appropriate, mitigate any threats associated with the flight safety and national security “.
The move comes after the US director of national intelligence presented Congress in June 2021 with an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Report, or UAP. “UAP’s unusual movement patterns or flight characteristics”, which suggested advanced technology.
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This report was the result of interest after the Pentagon in April 2020 downgraded three videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena” or PAN, not UFOs. The Ministry of Defense created in August, within the Navy, a “UAP Task Force”. Then, in December, Congress approved funding in the coronavirus relief bill for a report on unidentified aircraft in restricted airspace.
When the report was released in June, Hicks said the Defense Department “would establish procedures to synchronize collection, reporting and analysis on all issues related to the UAP, and to make recommendations. to secure military testing and training fields “.
The new group, which will succeed the Navy’s UAP task force, will be established by Ronald Moultrie, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, the DoD said.
But Luis Elizondo, the former director of the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, who discussed UFOs on “60 Minutes” earlier this year, wondered if the public would be served by the plan. of the Ministry of Defense. The Under Secretary’s office “has played down and tried to kill the UAP effort for years,” he tweeted.
He suggested the move was an attempt to “sidestep” the US Senate’s interest in the matter. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would create an advisory committee made up of experts from NASA, the FAA and other scientific organizations, a reported Politico.
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